Abbi Custis turns art hobby into career

In her studio near Salisbury, Abbi Custis stands in a self-made storm of swirling colors and concepts, ideas, visions and revelations. Manned with a Black & Decker drill, with a paint mixer head, and eager finger tips, a hair dryer to move paint, she is a force to be reckoned with. She is saturated in […]

‘Pure class’ Peg Rider passes away at age 101

Sharptown is like so many small rural neighborhoods on the Shore that have a sprinkling of Victorian style homes, bungalows, maybe a small church, fire department and a few streets. Some might still be holding onto their struggling post offices. Sharptown is the village across the gently rolling, greek fields from the home of Peg […]

Parsons Cemetery will offer tours of masterpieces

There’s a multimillion-dollar art exhibit in Salisbury that’s so unique that bus tours are planned to bring spectators to see handmade treasures of the past. It’s said the largest public display of art can be found in cemeteries across the nation, and Parsons Cemetery here has some masterpieces in stone, custom-made iron fencing and porcelain […]

71 years later, Ray Bradford is still cutting hair

Waiting for his next customer, Ray Bradford relaxed in the barber chair, watching the fog drift by the large shop window and enjoying the cozy warmth of the electric heater near his feet. It had been a slow morning at the Salisbury shop, and Bradford, 88, was content to rest a bit. By noon, he […]

Skipjack Ann McGarvey about to get a new life

There’s soon going to be another skipjack sailing the Chesapeake Bay. Harold “Stoney” Whitelock, 71, of Dames Quarter, is busy restoring the Anna McGarvey. Helping him is Bob Fitzgerald, almost 80, his former high school math teacher. Whitelock brought the Anna McGarvey to Scott’s Cove Marina in Chance in early January. The skipjack, built in […]

Trinity Methodist Church glass mystery is finally solved

A story has been around for decades that Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury has stained glass windows made by the world-famous Tiffany Studios of New York. Many have tried to find a Tiffany name or seal on the eight windows that are 10.5 feet tall and 42-inches wide. A name could not be found. […]

Memories of a much more simple holiday

Otho “O.W.” Washington Mears died at his home four days after being interviewed and photographed for this story. He would have turned 94 on Thursday, Dec. 19. — Editor. Otho “O.W.” Mears, almost 94, of near Parksley, is shown with clay marbles that was his sole Christmas present when he was about 10. The stool, […]

Brice Stump: Thanksgiving means coming home

By Thanksgiving, the leaves that burned with a blush of autumn colors have been blown away by chilly winds. It seems, by the time the holiday is here, tree limbs are almost bare. Even the pesky weeds have lost their color now, the lush green now brown after a few “hard frosts” ended the reign. […]

Brice Stump: The estate where history lives

The gleaming white country lane of crushed clam shells skirts a field and passes under a canopy of tree boughs that dance in the spring breeze. Ahead, the salmon-colored bricks of an 18th century house contrast with young green leaves of spring. It looks and feels like home. The lane sweeps by the front steps […]

Brice Stump: Skipjack book allows public reconnection

As fast as it came, so has it left, Christmas 2017. Yet there are still decorated trees with colored lights, greens on the mantel and candles remaining in the windows. Christmas in some homes lingers with plenty of homemade cookies to be eaten, holiday music yet to enjoy and quiet, slow evenings in front of […]